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TARPON SPRINGS - After sitting empty and deserted for years, the church at 160 Read St. will soon have a new purpose: a family home.

Richard Boeckl bought the property in 1973 after watching the For Sale sign sit unchanged next to his family’s home for four years. But it wasn’t the 15,500-sqaure-foot church he was interested in; he wanted the old Sunday School and nursery behind the church. He thought he could turn it into an apartment complex.

He tented for termites, put on a new roof and painted the buildings twice. Eventually, he began renting out the church for $135 a month. But in 1993, the no name storm swept through Tarpon Springs and filled the church with water 3 feet deep. The roof was damaged again. And repairs were going to be expensive.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Construction for Tarpon Springs $45 million reverse-osmosis water treatment plant is likely to still finish within a few weeks of the original deadline.

The plant, located north of the Anclote River at the end of L&R Industrial Boulevard, was originally approved by 72 percent of voters in a March 2006 referendum. Legal issues put the project on hold until the city finally broke ground in March 2013. But despite the delays, plans are just three weeks behind schedule.
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TARPON SPRINGS - A preliminary budget will go before the Tarpon Springs City Commission for initial approval with a 5.4500 millage rate for Fiscal Year 2015, the same rate as has been adopted since 2011.

If that millage rate passes through both public hearings and City Commission votes, Tarpon Springs residents will pay $5.45 per $1,000 in property value. For example, a house valued at $200,000 will owe $1,090 in property taxes. At that rate, Tarpon Springs estimates it will generate $7,110,100, about $325,000 more than last fiscal year.

Tarpon Springs has not raised its millage rate since 2010 when the Commission approved a half-mill increase from 4.9500, the largest increase the city could make under state law.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The City Commission unanimously approved reorganization proposals from both the Public Works Department and Recreation Division at the Aug. 5 meeting.

One full-time maintenance worker will be hired to provide additional coverage for the marina, sponge docks, splash park, fitness park and dog park, especially on the weekend. Public Works Director Tom Funcheon estimated the new hire will cost an annual salary of $37,010.

The Recreation Division, on the other hand, will reorganize its staff and reassign four positions: the current recreation custodian/maintenance position will become a recreation worker position, two current recreation specialist I positions will become one recreation program and athletic coordinator position and one recreation special events and volunteer coordinator position and the current recreation specialist II position will become a recreation supervisor position. The proposed reorganization will cost an estimated $1,145 in annual combined salary for all four positions.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Inside his martial arts school along North Pinellas Avenue, Sensei Chris Leventis teaches his students how to defend themselves against the everyday attacks - muggers in alleys, drunk relatives at reunions and angry fans at baseball games.

Nihon Goshin Aikido is a form of Japanese self-defense, focused on using an attacker’s momentum against him or her. In Japanese, aikido translates to “the way in harmony with the spirit.”
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Friday, August 15
TARPON SPRINGS - Eight people were rescued by Coast Guard boat and aircrews near Anclote Key early Friday morning.

At midnight, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, received a report of an unstable raft with four people aboard, approximately one mile northeast of Anclote Key. A boat crew from Coast Guard Station at Sand Key and a helicopter rescue crew were launched to respond to the report.

At around 12:50 a.m. Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call from Pasco County dispatch reporting three people stranded on the Anclote Key beach with the water rising. Due to dense vegetation, the people on the island were unable to get to higher ground. They were reported to be from the same party as those in the raft.
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Tuesday, August 12
TARPON SPRINGS - A Tarpon Springs city employee died in a murder-suicide Monday morning in Sevier County, Tennessee.

“The city of Tarpon Springs Police Department was notified late yesterday (Aug. 11, 2014) of the tragic death of one of our employees, Genevieve Crosby,” according to a press release sent out Tuesday afternoon.

Crosby, 48, an employee since 2004, was the city’s marketing and communications coordinator for the Department of Cultural and Civic Services.
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Friday, August 8
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs’ reclaimed water supply is critically low due to the extreme shortfall of rain during the summer months this year.

“This has made it necessary to temporarily impose watering restrictions on the use of reclaimed water during daylight hours and, in addition, it may be necessary for the reclaimed water system to be periodically shut down,” according to a press release sent out Friday, Aug. 8. 

City officials said every effort would be made to extend service as long as possible while supply is available. Restricting use will allow the city to replenish its reclaimed water supply as quickly as possible until summer rains return.
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Thursday, August 7
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs was notified Thursday, Aug. 7, by the Pinellas County Department of Health that patients in three confirmed cases of cryptosporidium had been at the Tarpon Springs Splash Park during the incubation period.

All three patients attended the park during the fourth week of July.

The City completely replaced and treated the water and all associated water systems at the Splash Park on Aug. 1.
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• Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
Labor Day poolside picnic
LARGO – Bring the family and a blanket and enjoy your own picnic basket by the pool, during an extended three-hour session at Highland Family Aquatic Center Monday, Sept. 1, noon to 3 p.m.  

Enjoy a special family and friends discount admission. Do not bring alcohol or glass into the facility. Splash’s Snack Bar will be open.  

For more information, call 518-3016 or visit LargoPools.com.
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Madeira Beach Social Club meeting
MADEIRA BEACH – Madeira Beach Social Club meets the first Monday each month at 1 p.m. at Madeira Beach City Hall. Everyone is invited to join the festivities, refreshments and entertainment. In addition to its monthly meetings, club members get together for bridge, canasta and trips to local attractions.

Members do not have to live in Madeira Beach. Membership dues are $10 a year. Call Dianne for more information at 397-3434.
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Meditation class
LARGO – The Parbawatiya Center will teach classes on meditation on Mondays, 6 to 7:15 p.m., at the Largo Community Center, at 400 Alt. Keene Road.  

The class will run Aug. 11 to Sept. 15. Reduce your stress and gain peace of mind by learning to meditate. All levels are welcome.  

The suggested donation for the class is $10. The Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center is a nonprofit organization based in Safety Harbor.

Call Maria Erickson at 813-431-7372 or visit MeditationInTampaBay.org.
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Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at Lin’s K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N.   Guests are welcome.  

The Toastmasters program helps members become better speakers for their jobs, presentations and meetings.   Call Jim Martin at 536-3392 or email jmartin2040@tampabay.rr.com.
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• Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Church thrift shop reopening
ST. PETE BEACH – The thrift shop at Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church will begin its 56th consecutive year of service to the community on Tuesday, Sept. 2.  

The shop stocks used and new items, including women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, dishes, knick-knacks, and linens. All items are donated by church and community members.  

Proceeds support community charities such as Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, AmiKids Pinellas and church missions.

Beginning Sept. 2, the shop will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.  

The shop is located at 17th Ave. and Pass-A-Grille Way. Call 329-8617.
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Largo Woman’s Club meeting
LARGO – The Largo Woman’s Club will host their first meeting of the year Tuesday, Sept. 2, 11:30 a.m., at the Royal Palms, 300 Lake Ave.

Lunch will be served for $8. The civic club, dedicated to promoting charitable and civic progress of the city of Largo, will celebrate its 100th anniversary Jan. 26, 2015.

Every meeting, held on first Tuesdays through May, will include interesting programs, fun and fellowship. Its members invite new residents and any fun and caring people to attend.

The club was founded to build sidewalks along Bay Drive. Its next project was building the Largo Public Library.

For more information about the club, call Ellen at 584-8314 or Rita at 447-1809.
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MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.  

The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.

To help, contact Karena Morrison at 518-4659.
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Qi Gong meditation classes
ST. PETE BEACH – Weekly Qi Gong moving meditation classes are held Tuesdays, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the Warren Webster Center, 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way. The cost is $10 per class.  

Classes are lead by acupuncture physician Joyce Lockwood who studied Qi Gong in China and is certified as a Qi Gong practice leader in the U.S. through the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates slow graceful movements, breathing techniques and deep relaxation.  

For more information, call 433-9237.
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Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting
SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St.

This personal development program is ideal for supervisors and other leaders, or those aspiring to learn vital leadership and communication skills.

Contact Dennis Hamel at 374-2612 or visit seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org for more information.
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Spaghetti dinner
SEMINOLE - American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., offers a monthly spaghetti dinner the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol. For more information, call 391-6324.
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